Sustainable Tourism and Recreation

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England's National Parks are breathing spaces for the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of the nation and provide opportunities for first class outdoor experiences in first class environments. More than 90 million people visit England's National Parks and their surrounding areas each year. National Park visitors spend over £4bn in local shops and businesses, providing income and jobs and supporting rural services. Tourism is the largest sector of the economy in most of England's National Parks.

The iconic landscapes and heritage of the National Parks attract visitors from across the UK and around the world. The opportunities for sporting and outdoor activities also draw people to National Parks. National Park Authorities support the promotion and development of sustainable tourism and recreation to further their statutory purposes and support rural communities. We see sustainable tourism as the future of tourism. Our aim is that National Parks will be exemplars of sustainable tourism practice and that National Parks' value to the nation and appreciation by the public will grow.

Policy position statements

Policy Position Statement - Sustainable Tourism - 2013

Consultation Responses

Sport England Consultation Response by National Parks England - February 2016

DfT-Consultation-on-Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy NPE response May 2016